fragile tension

As the days grow darker and history roars back with a vengeance, we ask ourselves… can we stay positive against overwhelming odds? How can we feel hope when it appears all hope is lost? These works represent the fragile relationship humankind has with the natural world and the tension we endure when that relationship is off-balance.

The following works were created in the studio from 2022 until 2024, with more work arriving throughout the year.

“The Great Recession hit and after years of struggling, we moved back to Chicago in 2012. Jaime found a studio at Water Street not too long after, and we began to rebuild our lives.

Twelve years later, we looked back and thought, those days when the light of relentless optimism met with the darkness of a pure intensive force, what would that look like? What kind of art show would that be?”

– Michael

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Michael’s work continues the visual analogy of civilization coping with Moore’s Law through the lens of the subconscious. Distorted handwritten notes and encrypted keyword ciphers are interwoven throughout mysterious structures and various abstractions, including comic illustrations and other non-specific futuristic forms.

The result is a data landscape of today’s anxious subconscious mind, presenting how we remember life events and interpret the kinetic surfaces and essences of the environment and emotions that we are sometimes reluctantly embedded within. And they look great on your wall.

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